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Automotive

  • June 6, 2018

    VW Escapes Illinois' $1B Suit Over Emissions Scandal

    An Illinois state judge on Tuesday tossed a lawsuit brought by the state of Illinois seeking more than $1 billion from Volkswagen AG for installing devices and software that cheated emissions tests, finding that the state claims are preempted by the federal Clean Air Act.

  • June 6, 2018

    Faulty-Engine Suit Against Hyundai, Kia In Ill. Sent To Calif.

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday granted a request from the parties in a proposed class action against Hyundai and Kia over certain allegedly defective engines to send their case to California, where similar claims are being litigated.

  • June 6, 2018

    Auto Safety Groups Lose Bid To Force DOT Seat Belt Rule

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday rejected a bid by auto safety groups to force the U.S. Department of Transportation to immediately publish a proposed safety standard requiring automobile warnings when backseat passengers don't buckle up.

  • June 6, 2018

    Canada, EU Join WTO Dogpile Against US Metal Duties

    Major U.S. trading partners continued their campaign against the Trump administration’s national security-based steel and aluminum tariffs on Wednesday, with both Canada and the European Union filing new World Trade Organization cases alleging that the duties flout global trade rules.

  • June 6, 2018

    EU Retaliatory Duties On US Goods Slated To Hit In July

    The European Union announced Wednesday that its duties on more than $3 billion worth of U.S. goods will take effect in July as Brussels retaliates against the Trump administration’s steel and aluminum restrictions with a 25 percent levy on U.S. metals, vehicles, food products and scores of other items.

  • June 5, 2018

    Chinese Car Seller Faces Investor Suit Over Late Financials

    A company that exports and sells luxury vehicles to China was accused of securities fraud in New Jersey federal court on Tuesday after the firm warned investors that it was investigating related-party transactions, and as a result its financials would be delayed and its shares may stop trading on the Nasdaq.

  • June 5, 2018

    Feds Urge 8th Circ. To Uphold $11M Superfund Judgment

    The federal government on Monday urged the Eighth Circuit not to overturn an $11 million judgment against two Titan International Inc. units for selling polychlorinated biphenyl-contaminated buildings in an effort to dodge their environmental responsibilities.

  • June 5, 2018

    Auto Co. Worker Can't Carry PAGA Wage Claim Solo: Judge

    A California federal judge on Tuesday granted O’Reilly Auto Enterprises LLC's bid for partial summary judgment on an employee’s Private Attorneys General Act claim, finding her proposed wage-and-hour class action suit did not offer any evidence that O’Reilly violated state labor codes with respect to other workers.

  • June 5, 2018

    White House Tinkers With Spending Pullback Plan

    The White House picked at the edges of Congress' proposed spending cuts Tuesday, making some changes to, but mostly standing by, a plan to pull back $15 billion in already authorized spending for health care, car technology research and other areas.

  • June 5, 2018

    Autobahn Defends $1.6M Settlement In Auto Parts Suit

    While confident it would prevail at trial, Autobahn Inc. told a California federal judge Monday that a $1.6 million settlement reached last month would be a cheaper and preferable outcome for both the company and the group of drivers alleging it misled them into believing it used genuine Mercedes parts to repair their vehicles.

  • June 5, 2018

    Harm Of Trump's '2-For-1' Order Is Clear, Challengers Say

    Public interest groups asked a D.C. federal court Monday to agree that they had standing to challenge President Donald Trump's executive order that two federal regulations have to be repealed for each new one, citing several examples they said showed the policy's harm and arbitrary nature.

  • June 5, 2018

    Uber Says High Court's Waiver Ruling Dooms Driver Class

    The Ninth Circuit should dissolve a class of hundreds of thousands of current and former Uber drivers who allege they were misclassified as independent contractors and denied fair wages, Uber told the appeals court Monday in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing class action waivers.

  • June 4, 2018

    Toyo Fights Chinese Tire Co.'s Quick Win Bid In IP Row

    Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. urged a California federal court on Monday to deny a Chinese tire maker’s bid for an early win in a suit asserting that the Chinese rival had falsely claimed it did not make the tires at issue in a trade dress infringement dispute, arguing that the Chinese tire maker’s arguments were “at odds” with the evidence.

  • June 4, 2018

    Tesla Race Bias Case Not Going To Arbitration

    A California state judge has denied Tesla's bid to send to arbitration a proposed class suit alleging it tolerated harassment toward black workers at its Alameda, California, plant, ruling the electric-car maker can't enforce a contract the accuser never signed.

  • June 4, 2018

    GM Escapes Bulk Of Consumers' Suit Over Oil-Guzzling Cars

    A California federal judge on Friday dismissed the majority of a putative class action alleging defects in General Motors LLC’s Chevy Equinoxes cause their engines to burn through oil, finding the plaintiff drivers had not adequately alleged their vehicles suffered from a manufacturing defect that was under express warranty.

  • June 4, 2018

    Drivers Can’t Dodge Chrysler Expert Testimony In Defect Row

    A California federal judge on Monday tossed a proposed class of consumers’ bid to exclude Fiat Chrysler's expert testimony in a suit claiming the company inadequately addressed clutch defects in Dodge vehicles, saying the disagreement with the experts doesn’t affect the admissibility of the testimony.

  • June 4, 2018

    Ford, Consumers Reach Deal In Faulty Touch Screen Row

    Ford has agreed to pay up to $500 in cash and offer free software upgrades to a class of consumers alleging the automaker sold vehicles with faulty touch screens to stave off a jury trial, according to a settlement agreement filed in a California federal court Friday.

  • June 4, 2018

    Daimler Units Dropped From German Auto Antitrust MDL

    A group of Daimler AG subsidiaries have exited multidistrict litigation against German luxury car makers accused of conspiring to limit innovation by trading sensitive technical information on technology, costs, suppliers and emissions equipment, according to a dismissal order signed on Friday.

  • June 1, 2018

    GM Settles First-Known Suit Over Self-Driving Car Crash

    General Motors Co. has agreed to settle a lawsuit, believed to be the first of its kind, filed by a motorcyclist who was involved in a San Francisco crash with one of GM's self-driving cars in December, according to court filings.

  • June 1, 2018

    Trade Groups Slam Antitrust Chief's Licensed Tech Claims

    Trade groups representing the tech, auto and retail industries released a white paper pushing back at a suggestion by a top U.S. antitrust official that enforcers should shift their focus away from potential abuses by holders of patents crucial to standardized industries in favor of greater scrutiny on licensees.

Expert Analysis

  • Battery Supply Chain: A Unique Growth Opportunity

    Rebecca Campbell

    Battery materials and electric vehicles offer something unique to today’s commodity producers and investors: a sustainable growth story that is not just China-dependent. The exponential growth in demand is creating a scramble for resources not seen since the last great commodity supercycle, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • What Makes CPSC's Polaris Settlement Special

    Heather Bramble

    For members of industry, consumer advocates and those worried about partisan deadlock, the recent settlement between Polaris Industries and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission may provide some faith in how the CPSC fulfills its important mission to keep consumers safe, says Heather Capell Bramble of Venable LLP.

  • When Your Trademark Is A False Advertisement

    Mike Justus

    False advertising issues continue to plague brand names and trademarks in a variety of forums and contexts. Recent legal trends are instructive for trademark and advertising counsel, says Mike Justus of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.